Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Be Nominated?

Who can be nominated?

We are taking nominations for individual students in 6th through 12th grade in U.S. public, private, and home schools (including U.S. territories and possessions and schools operated by the U.S. for the children of American personnel overseas).

Nominations are for students who have demonstrated perseverance in their academic pursuits by overcoming obstacles in their educational career. Nominations should include clear and compelling examples that describe how the student has shown tenacity and persistence, self-motivation, and the ability to overcome obstacles to accomplish their goals. They must also include how the nominee measurably improved their academic performance.

Can home-schooled students be nominated for this opportunity?


I am not a U.S. student, can I still be nominated?

No. The award is only open to students from U.S. based schools.

One of my nominee’s parents works for NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), or Caltech, can they still be nominated?

No. Children of NASA, JPL or Caltech employees are not eligible.

Can I nominate my child or grandchild?

No. Relatives or legal guardians/caregivers cannot put in a nomination.

Can minors nominate other students for this opportunity?

No, nominations must come from an eligible nominator like your teacher or community leader.

Can I nominate myself?

No. Self nominations and peer nominations are not allowed.

Nomination Process

Who can nominate?

Two nominators are required for each entry. At least one nominator must be an educator (teacher, principal, counselor). Community leaders (supporting students in an after-school or extracurricular activity such as sports, music, church, scouts or any skill-building association) can also be part of the nomination.

Can I nominate more than one student?

Yes. There is no limit on the number of students to be nominated, however only one nomination per student will be accepted.

Can I nominate a student more than once?

Yes, but only one nomination per student is allowed per opportunity. Once a student is selected, they cannot be nominated again.

What is the nomination deadline?

Information on important dates and deadlines can be found under Key Dates.

Is there more than one opportunity to nominate?

There are several opportunities to nominate students for the "You've Got Perseverance!" award. Please see Key Dates for a list of upcoming opportunities.

Selection Process

How will awardees be selected?

For each award opportunity, entries will be drawn at random and verified to meet the nomination requirements. Nominations will be assessed according to the Nomination Rules.

How will I know if my nominee is chosen?

If your nominee is selected, you will be notified via email and/or phone. Nominators and parents or legal guardians will also be notified.

How will the final nominee be selected?

The final nomination will be selected based on the detailed selection criteria found under the "Nomination Process and Confirmation" section of the Nomination Rules.


Where can I find the nomination rules?

Please visit the contest website to review the full Nomination Rules.

Where can I find more information about the mission?

To keep up with the latest news on the Mars Perseverance rover, explore the mission website or follow on Twitter or Facebook.

Will the information I fill out on the form be displayed anywhere?

Yes, portions of the selected student submission (with parent consent) may be highlighted in an online Awardees Gallery. The awards presentation with students will also be recorded and posted online after each event. See the full Nomination Rules for more information.

What will the award be?

  • The selected student will be awarded the following:

    • A special message from NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars!
    • An invitation to chat with the rover team members from mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    • An award pack of printed materials

  • Last updated on 9/20/2022